Maine is the 39th most extensive and the 9th least populous of the U. Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes. state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by New Hampshire to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest respectively.
There is no definitive explanation for the origin of the name "Maine", but the most likely origin is that the name was given by early explorers after the former province of Maine in France.
It is known for its jagged, rocky coastline; low, rolling mountains; heavily forested interior; and picturesque waterways, as well as its seafood cuisine, especially clams and lobster.
There is a humid continental climate throughout the state, even in coastal areas such as its most populous city of Portland. For thousands of years, indigenous peoples were the only inhabitants of the territory that is now Maine.
Before this point, however, most of these people were considered separate nations.
Many had adapted to living in permanent, Iroquois-inspired settlements, while those along the coast tended to be semi-nomadic—traveling from settlement to settlement on a yearly cycle.